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Lost match to motivate Miners

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

The Park City golf team’s recent trip to dinosaur land in Vernal was no vacation. The Miners dropped their first region match since 2004 to Region 10 rival Judge at Dinaland Golf Course — the team was left stunned and disappointed.

"It was a bad day for the kids," said Miners head coach Tim Jeffrey. "We’re not as deep as we’ve been, so when the top guys struggle, it’s hard to have a good team score."

On the bright side, the Miners maintained their overall lead over second-place Judge Memorial by 40 strokes and lost Thursday’s tournament by only four strokes with a team score of 315.

With just two tournaments left in region play, Jeffrey hopes that the team can use the loss as motivation. Sophomore Sam Bell led the Miners shooting a 76, and Jeffrey hopes that the other guys in the middle of the varsity squad can follow his lead and continue to turn in low scores.

"The difference is more the middle guys," Jeffrey said. "The bottom of the order bails you out."

Big performances by middle-of-the-pack Park City golfers will also help Jeffrey determine who will represent the Miners at the state championship tournament.

The Miners’ opportunities to improve before state are dwindling. They will wrap up the season in a week with a match at Morgan on Thursday and another on Monday at Judge. Although Park City should easily take the region championship, they have far to go before they are ready to take on the tough Southern Utah teams like Dixie.

"Dixie isn’t beating people, they are killing people," Jeffrey said.

Jeffrey believes that the Miners have what it takes to beat these year-round golfing teams, but they need to be ready — and soon.

"We are not the best team in the state yet," Jeffrey said. We can be, but we’re not yet."

The most important factor for the Miners is self-confidence. Jeffrey has been encouraging the team to recapture some of that swagger before region play is over.

"We’re always a contender to win state," Jeffrey said.

Then Miners will travel to Morgan on Thursday, Sept. 21 at noon at the Round Valley Gold Course in Morgan. The final tournament of region play will take place on Monday, Sept. 25 at noon at the Glendale Golf Course in Salt Lake. The battle for the individual medallist will be fought between overall leader Scott Case of Park City and Brendan Wagstaff of Wasatch at that match.


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